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November 8, 2013

One Move

American League Central

by Ben Carsley


Our whirlwind tour of the “One Move” series continues with the AL Central: a division with three legitimate contenders and two teams better left playing for 2016.

Fortunately, that dichotomy provides us with ample opportunity to explore a wide variety of strategies. Some of these teams should spend now. Others should sell, sell, sell.

All of them, of course, should listen to me. Comments are welcome as always!

Chicago White Sox: Make everyone available
The White Sox appeared to be on the path to rebuilding last season, selling off Jake Peavy, Alex Rios, and others in the midst of a 63-win year. The 2013 campaign saw Chicago finish 29th in runs scored, 27th in OPS, 19th in ERA, and 16th in bullpen FIP. Aside from Chris Sale and Jose Quintana, there aren’t a ton of bright spots here.

The White Sox can’t delude themselves into thinking they can contend in 2014. Alexei Ramirez, Alejandro De Aza, and perhaps Avisail Garcia and Jose Dariel Abreu are their only decent everyday players. They have sunk costs in Adam Dunn and John Danks, and holes at catcher, second base, third base, and in the rotation. This exercise has underscored for me just how difficult Rich Hahn’s job is, as the White Sox’ farm system isn’t generally viewed as one with players ready to contribute to the MLB roster in short order.

As such, Chicago would be better off selling everything and anything that could get them back on a path to contention in a few years. Ramirez is a prime target to be moved, and could fetch a decent haul as a 2-3 WARP shortstops with two (potentially three) years of team control left on his deal. Addison Reed would be a wise player to sell high on, as teams remain determined to overpay for saves. Gordon Beckham should be sold to the first taker. Even Sale shouldn’t be considered untouchable, and could single-handedly give Chicago’s rebuilding efforts a big boost thanks to the package he could command.

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